Patrick Dodd | Crimes Against the State

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Crimes Against the State

by Patrick Dodd

An Original release and remarkable CD containing the greatest hits from Patrick's early social justice recordings, which was recognized by the Scottish Royal Academy of Lifetime Folk singers, a collector’s item is available while they last.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. Prayers from the Rubble
5:10 album only
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2. The End of the Rainbow
5:01 album only
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3. Foreign Country
4:25 album only
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4. En Homenate Al Ocho
3:47 album only
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5. Memories of Mamma
4:08 album only
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6. Tone Poem
3:53 album only
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7. In a Sane World
3:01 album only
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8. Broken Wings
4:03 album only
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9. The Ballaed of Johnny and Jenny
3:46 album only
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10. The Ballad of Sunny Harmon
5:23 album only
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11. The Shelter Song
3:39 album only
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12. When Will We Learn
3:18 album only
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13. Was It a Lie?
3:10 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Crimes Against the State: This is a greatest hits collection of songs from three previous recordings two released on tape between 1989 and 1992. It has become a collector’s item. Produced before the advent of easy duplication, these CDs are original release copies, never again to be reproduced. This historical CD, sports a stunning cover photo of the Patrick’s daughter being arrested at an anti-war rally in Eugene Or. Opening with Prayers From the Rubble, which has been called “one of the greatest anti-war songs ever written” (T. Mason 1990) these songs were, this collection was one of the main reasons Patrick Dodd was inducted into the Scottish Royal Academy of Lifetime Political Folksinger while he was still in his forties, a rare honor usually bestowed much later in an artist’s life. A prolific writer, Patrick written many songs in the last 15 years; but Crimes Against the State continues to be highly values by fans across the globe.
Prayers from the Rubble: A song that asks the question how different are the victims of opposite sides of a war, and how different are the prayers they offer up to their gods.
The End of the Rainbow: A song that shows the sadness of a town divided by war.
Foreign Country: Patrick’s immortal tribute to those invisible Americans all around us – the poor that so many of us edit out of our memories each day.
En Homenate al Ocho: This song was written to help raise funds and awareness for the plight of El Salvador. This song shows off the incredible double dropped D guitar styling of the author and has been translated into many different languages over the years.
Memories of Mamma: A rare glimpse into the childhood of the author, who was raised by a single mother, this song is as much about today as the day it was written.
Tone Poem for My Father: A gut wrenching song that speaks to the life of a son and his alcoholic father. A must hear song for those raised in similar situations.
In a Sane World: Part love song and part tribute, this work explains why Mr. Dodd and those like him turned their talents toward social justice music. The picking pattern of this song has been used by many teachers in workshops and private lessons for its controlled elegance and beauty.
Broken Wings: In the late 80’s the author and his producer were extremely active in American Indian Movement work. This song, a searing examination of Native American alcoholism, was written on request by a native friend who felt that all white writers were interested in was Native spirituality. Hard to listen to and impossible to forget.
The Ballad of Johnny and Jenny: This song and the four that follow were written during what has been called the Homeless Wars in Eugene Oregon in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This song was written in front of the Eugene Mission where the author and his partner were registering homeless voters. A sad and touching tribute to a love that survived poverty and a brutal medical system that sometimes seems to take away more than it gives.
The Ballad of Sunny Harmon: This amazing song pays tribute to several brave women who fought the city government closure of a shelter that served women and children who were homeless as a result of domestic abuse. It became one of the most important songs during a national struggle toward awareness of the plight of poorest among us.
The Shelter Song: A very special piece featuring the back ground voices of many of the women and children that it was written about.
When Will We Learn? : A song which asks the listener how long will we burn the very bridges that bring us together as a nation and a world.
Was It a Lie? : The closing song that asks the question – if the American dream belongs to all of us, why are so many of us excluded from its protection and its promise

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